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Jamex and Einar de la Torre

Jamex de la Torre

Einar (left) and Jamex (right) de la Torre, photograph courtesy of the de la Torres

Jamex de la Torre (b. 1960, Guadalajara, Mexico) is a sculptor who primarily works in glass with his brother, glass artist, Einar de la Torre (b. 1963, Guadalajara, Mexico). The brothers moved to California in 1972 and graduated from California State University Long Beach. Their work is based on their Mexican-American bi-cultural experiences, and because they use a combination of critical thinking, glass, found objects, and mixed media their work is known for being unique.

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Sarah Jaeger

Sarah Jaeger

Sarah Jaeger and her dog, Fred. Photograph by George Lano

Sarah Jaeger (b. 1955, West Simsbury, Connecticut) is a ceramist who works in Helena, Montana. She received a BA from Harvard College and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Jaeger creates functional porcelain pottery, often thrown and altered, and glazed using wax resists, creating layers of color. She has taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and Pomona College. She also served on the Archie Bray Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years.

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Ken Loeber

Ken Loeber

Rose brooch by Ken Loeber. Photograph by Ralph Gabriner

Ken Loeber (b. 1948, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a jeweler who works in Algoma, Wisconsin where he lives with his wife Dona Look and their son Reid Loeber. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with his BFA in 1970 and MFA in 1978 in sculpture. The pieces often consist of an organic form joined with a construction of sheet gold to augment or oppose the shape or concept. He has exhibited his work at the American Craft Council fair for over 20 years with his wife, Dona Look. He has received many awards including an NEA grant and the artistic excellence award from the American Craft Council.

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Dona Look

Dona Look

Dona Look at 2006 Smithsonian Craft Show. Photograph by Jennifer Gerardi

Dona Look (b. 1948, Port Washington, Wisconsin) is a basket maker who works in Algoma, Wisconsin where she lives with her husband Ken Loeber and their son Reid Loeber. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1970. She collects the bark from the region’s birch trees, uses it to weave her baskets and sews them together with silk thread. She has exhibited her work at the American Craft Council fairs for over 20 years with her husband, Ken Loeber. She has received two fellowships from the NEA.

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Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Photograph courtesy of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads is the local arts agency in located in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Mississippi Cultural Crossroads is a performing arts center involved in documenting the culture of the community for over 25 years. It provides summer and after school art programs, and is where Crossroads Quilters display and sell their hand made quilts. Crossroads Quilters is a group of women who create quilts, celebrating the traditional quilting heritage of their community, while creating educational and economic opportunities for its citizens.

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Penland School of Crafts

Penland School of Crafts

Penland School of Crafts, Iron Studio Gate. Photograph by Dana Moore

Penland School of Crafts is located in Penland, North Carolina and was founded as a national center for craft education. Lucy Morgan established the school’s craft roots when, after attending Berea College for some months in 1923, decided to revive hand-weaving. She organized the Penland Weavers and Potters craft group, and was eventually able to establish a working craft school. Penland School of Crafts now offers classes in the Spring, Fall and Summer in a variety of media, including pottery, glassblowing, metalworking, weaving, as well as painting, photography, and printmaking; however, academic degrees are not awarded.

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Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchucks Baskets by Dale Chihuly, 1980. Photograph courtesy of Chihuly Studios, All Rights Reserved.

Pilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly, Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg. Pilchuck is an educational center for artists working in glass and is located in Stanwood, Washington. From May to August Pilchuck offers 25 intensive residential sessions.

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Hystercine Rankin

Hystercine Rankin

Quilter Hystercine Rankin. Photograph courtesy of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Hystercine Rankin (b. 1929, Lorman, Mississippi) learned quilting from her grandmother at the age of 12 and started making quilts to keep her family warm. She creates traditional quilts like the log cabin, but she creates her own unique versions of them, utilizing colors and shapes to create distinctive works. She also uses appliqué and embroidery to create quilts that portray family stories and her memories. Mrs. Rankin has taught people to quilt at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson, Mississippi since 1988, and is a member of the Crossroads Quilters. She was recognized in 1997 for her accomplishments when the National Endowment of the Arts awarded her with a National Heritage Fellowship.

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Denise and Samuel Wallace

Denise and Samuel Wallace

Courtesy of Denise and Samuel Wallace

Denise Wallace (b 1957, Seattle, Washington) is a jewelry artist of Native Alaskan Aleut descent who works with her husband, Samuel Wallace (b. 1936, Calvin, Virginia). She maintains and modifies a walrus-ivory carving tradition. She is most well known for her elaborate belts which depict people, animals, symbols and folk tales of her native culture. They use fossil ivory, silver, gold, and richly colored stones to illustrate her rich culture.

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Visionaries

Black Mountain College
Jack Lenor Larsen
Forrest L. Merrill
Felicia Rice
Kay Sekimachi

California

Deborah Cross
The Gamble House
Jack Ipekjian
James Ipekjian
Judson Studios
Corine Pearce
Randy Stromsoe

Neighbors

Gerardo Monterrubio
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez
Magdalena Pedro Martínez
Jaime Guerrero
Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda
Carmen Tapia
Cristina Romo
Eduardo Herrera
Judy Baca

Borders

Ofelia Esparza
J. Isaac Vásquez García
Jim Bassler
Veralee Bassler
Kiff Slemmons
Francisco Toledo

Nature

Patrick Dougherty
Michelle Holzapfel
Mary Merkel-Hess
Preston Singletary
Catherine Alice Michaelis

Teachers

Mark Mitsuda
Barbara Teller Ornelas & Lynda Teller Pete
Linda Sikora
Therman Statom

Celebration

Corey Chan
Thomas Chun
East West Floats
Babatunde Kenneth Graves & Malik Seneferu
Yumei Hou
Jeff Lee
Travis Lum
Nawal Motawi
Pewabic
Yoshiko Yamamoto
Jared Young

Music

Joan Baez
C.F Martin & Co.
Scotty Barnhart
Tony Ellis
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Ginter
James Hartel
Kamaka Hawaii
The David G. Monette Corporation
Joseph Pereira
Jake Shimabukuro
Stelling Banjo Works

Service

Eugene Burks
Pam DeLuco
Judas Recendez
Ehren Tool
Peter Voulkos

Industry

Joe Cunningham
Bethanne Knudson
Jan Lee
Graham McKay
Lucy Mingo
Libby O'Bryan
Mary Ann Pettway
Shane Yamane

Holiday

Biltmore House
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Susan Garson
Grove Park Inn
Harley Refsal
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez
Kathleen Trenchard

Forge

Chloe Darke
Albert Paley
Tom Pullin

Crossroads

Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich

Threads

Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Family

Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell

Messages

Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott

Process

92nd St Y 
Julie Chen 
Cary Esser 
Kansas City Art Institute 
Tom Killion
Nikki Lewis 
North Bennet Street School 
Dave & Roberta Williamson

Origins

Jim Bassler 
Teri Greeves 
Mark Hewitt 
Jugtown Pottery 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens
Philip Simmons 
Paul Stankard 

Community

Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace

Landscape

Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge
Jan Yager

Memory

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof